Brenna Green brenna.green@gmail.com
Sat, 01 Feb 2020 11:16:25 PST
I use one. It's... well... a lot of fun. So there's that going for it. But
it's definitely a long-game solution. Anything more than very young
seedlings will come back, so it's really repeated regular torching that
gets the difficult stuff. I have a garden plot that was solid oxalis and
wild onion/devil bulbs when I got it and over years of torch plus hand
weeding plus tarp in winter and it's pretty much gone except for what the
gophers bring in each spring.

It's also very easy to accidently hit nearby desirable plants enough to at
least temporarily damage them. Really I only use it on paths and empty
beds. It's really good for killing grass seeds that are on the surface when
you neglected to pull the plants before they set seed.

I've just moved to a new place, where the previous resident built extensive
succulent gardens. They're now full of oxalis pes-caprae and that's gotta
go by hand if I want to keep the surviving succulents, but the torch is
working okay on the oxalis in the open areas.

Brenna Green

Zone 9, Santa Cruz, California, USA

On Sat, Feb 1, 2020, 10:26 AM Jan Jeddeloh <janjeddeloh@gmail.com> wrote:

> Can we talk about the “herbicide” known as a propane weed torch?  Has
> anyone used one of these things?  I was thinking it might be good for
> dealing with  things like pop weed.  I don’t expect it would take out an
> established dandelion unless you hit the beast multiple times and exhaust
> its reserves.
> Opinions anyone?
> Jan Jeddeloh, Portland, Oregon, Zone 8 ish
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